Welcome to the Economics resources page.
Here you will find out exactly what our academics are looking for in their students, including skills they look out for, some of the topics they want you to know, recommended reading and useful places to boost your knowledge.
So without further ado let's get started!
Skills we are looking for
Topics to explore before you start
- Knowledge of fundamental microeconomics and macroeconomics principles is desirable but not essential.
- Knowledge of basic mathematics topics will be very useful (for example, fractions, working with indices, exponents or working with inequalities).
In finance, the Efficient Market Hypothesis (EMH) suggests that it is impossible to “beat the market” consistently. In this taster lecture we will explore the implications of this hypothesis and the evidence for and against it.
Recommended reading to prepare for university
- Chang, H.J. (2014) Economics: the user's guide, London, Pelican. ISBN:0718197038.
- Begg, D., & Ward, D. (2020) Economics for business (6th ed.), New York, McGraw-Hill. ISBN:1526848139.
We would encourage you to also read about economics in the news, in the newspapers and/or on news websites.
Programmes to know
- Office 365
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft PowerPoint
Websites our academics recommend
Discover economics is a campaign to increase diversity in economics.
Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics in society and the classroom.
Gapminder identifies systematic misconceptions about important global trends and proportions and uses reliable data to develop easy to understand teaching materials to rid people of their misconceptions.
This website offers mathematics in an enjoyable and easy-to-learn manner.
Professional bodies to research
The RES is a learned society and membership organization founded in 1890 to promote economics. They publish the Economic Journal and organize events including an annual conference.
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